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AR-Sen: Well, this is new. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor invokes the recent Ebola scare, and accuses Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of voting against measures to prepare the country for an outbreak. This is definitely the first time any candidate has invoked Ebola in a campaign ad this year (if ever), and it will be interesting to see if anyone else follows suit.

The ad also throws a few other punches at Cotton: It follows up on a recent DSCC ad campaign that went after Cotton for voting against funding a children's hospital. The narrator also says Cotton voted for tax breaks for the rich instead of protecting people. But it's safe to say the Ebola stuff will be the most talked about part of the commercial.  


AK-Sen: The International Association of Fire Fighters hits Republican Dan Sullivan, tying him to the Koch brothers and their plans to shut down a local refinery. We flagged the size of the buy a little while ago: $164,000.

Sullivan is out with his own ad, decrying Washington outside spending and blaming Democratic Sen. Mark Begich for not signing a pledge to keep them out. Sullivan also fires bullets into a TV, which is certainly memorable.

CO-Sen: Democratic Sen. Mark Udall is out with a Spanish language spot, portraying Republican Rep. Cory Gardner as being unwilling to help returning veterans.

KY-Sen: The narrator in Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell's spot calls Democratic rival Alison Lundergan Grimes's attacks false, citing fact checkers. The narrator then attacks Grimes, with attacks I'm sure will hold up to fact checker's scrutiny. The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition praises McConnell on jobs.

MI-Sen: Democratic Rep. Gary Peters goes biographical before he touts his agenda. Republican rival Terri Lynn Land attacks Peters for letting the gas tax money go to Washington rather than using it to fix the state's roads.  

NH-Sen: It's Scott Brown week in New Hampshire, with three new ads coming out in support of the Republican. Independent Leadership for New Hampshire criticizes Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for voting with Obama as things get worse for the middle class. Ending Spending has a minute-long spot accusing Shaheen of using her votes in the Senate to enrich her family. Brown himself features would-be Senate Republican colleague Kelly Ayotte praising Brown.  

VA-Sen: We recently highlighted a spot from Virginia Progress hitting Republican Ed Gillespie, and now we know it's running for $521,000.


AR-Gov: The RGA accuses Democrat Mike Ross for selling his pharmacy to a campaign donor's company in a sweetheart deal.

AZ-Gov: With Tuesday's Republican primary concluding, Democrat Fred DuVal is going out with his first spot. The spot features former Republican Attorney General Grant Woods praising DuVal as a problem solver. The spot is only airing for $61,000, but expect DuVal to ramp up now that the general election is starting.

RI-Gov: Democratic Providence Mayor Angel Taveras cites his city's turnaround under his watch.

SC-Gov: Republican Gov. Nikki Haley has three new positive ads (here, here, and here). The first spot is quite good: Haley talks about how she received a suicide note from an eighth-grade girl who was being bullied at school; the student's mother describe how Haley personally called the girl and told her to go to school with her head held high. This is the first campaign ad I can recall that's centered on school bullying.


CO-06: Republican Rep. Mike Coffman is out with his first spot, with the narrator praising Coffman for standing up for women.

CT-05: Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty is up with her first spot, featuring a veteran praising Esty for helping him get his Social Security back.

FL-02: The NRCC goes right after Democrat Gwen Graham on Obamacare.

IL-10: Republican Bob Dold portrays himself as a problem-solver. Shockingly, it doesn't bother to record his record when he served in the House, preferring instead to focus on his business background.

MT-AL: Democrat John Lewis has his first ad, where he calls for defending pensions for seniors and veterans.

NH-02: The Club for Growth is once again hitting Republican former state Sen. Gary Lambert, portraying him as a liberal. The group is backing Lambert's primary rival state Rep. Marilinda Garcia, who they praise at the end. Lambert has been a weak fundraiser and he'll have a tough time responding. So far no groups have come to Lambert's aid ahead of the Sept. 9 primary. Given that most of this district is in the expensive Boston media market, Lambert better hope he has some rich friends who are willing to led him a hand.  

NY-21: Democrat Aaron Woolf's spot touts him as someone who will stand up for women's rights.

WV-02: Republican Alex Mooney has a (unintentionally) strange spot. It features people saying how conservative he is, how he'll stand up to Obama, blah blah blah. But one woman takes to time to praise Mooney's record as a state senator.

This wouldn't be remarkable, except that she's talking about Mooney's time in the Maryland Senate, where he served until losing in 2010. Of course, she doesn't mention that. In fact, another woman describes how Mooney "Works for West Virginia, not Washington." Or Maryland. Or New Hampshire, another state where Mooney ran for office.

Crossroads: Crossroads GPS whales on three vulnerable Democratic incumbents, Ami Bera and Scott Peters of California and Bill Enyart of Illinois. The Bera and Peters' hits are pretty much identical (apart from subbing in each congressman's name and image), going after each man over the national debt. The Enyart spot is all Obamacare attacks.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Senior Elections Writer, Daily Kos. 24, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-02 (resident). Formerly known as Darth Jeff.

    by Jeff Singer on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 12:20:34 PM PDT

  •  Cotton has already had to respond to the (4+ / 0-)

    Children's Hospital funding ad so hopefully this ad will also get a response. If the election is about Tom Cotton and his tea party votes, that will be better than if the election is about Pryor and Obama.

  •  Seems a bit early . . . (3+ / 0-)
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    OCLefty, rabel, Rob Dapore

    . . . to throw a Hail Mary like this. Ebola-preparedness??? Seriously???

    31, chick, Jewish, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01. "'Let's talk about health care, Mackenzie!' 'Oh Amanda, I'd rather not; that's not polite!'"

    by The Caped Composer on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 02:40:49 PM PDT

  •  Aaron Woolf (0+ / 0-)

    One of the better pro-gender equality ads. When the local Democrats decided to run a filmmaker in this swing seat, I was worried. Well the way he's fundraising and running these good ads is making me think he's not a half bad candidate.

    24, Male, CA- 12 currently. LA-02 & TX-08 originally, SSP: sschmi4

    by Stephen Schmitz on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 06:01:08 PM PDT

  •  Surrealism as a campaign strategy (0+ / 0-)

      Ok.  Better than existentialism.  

    A drowning man can not learn to swim. -- Chris Lonsdale

    by Rikon Snow on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 06:04:47 PM PDT

  •  I would beat the GOP over the head.. (4+ / 0-)
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    Rikon Snow, PanoramaCityChick, xaxnar, hbk

    ..with the science club. Until they scream, "uncle."

    It's there for the taking. Insist they go on record on evolution and climate change. They won't.

    Whack, whack, then whack them some more. They have become slaves to the ignorant. Expose it!

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 06:07:31 PM PDT

  •  The Ebola charges make sense (4+ / 0-)

    Look - conservatives are already cranking up hysteria over immigrants flooding the country with Ebola (when they're not children ISIS terrorists, that is.)

    What IS true is the the GOP attacks on the Federal government have been devastating to the CDC and the NIH. GOP refusals to expand Medicare are also crippling health resources in regions of the country where people are already at risk for ordinary health issues.

    If the GOP wants to raise the Ebola issue, it's only fair they get burned by it. Their war on government is a disaster for the country - it's about time they were forced to bear responsibility for the consequences.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 06:12:12 PM PDT

  •  Well Pryor is mostly Republican after all. (0+ / 0-)

    No matter what he calls himself. But this is just perpetuating ignorance and encouraging fear mongering in my opinion.

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for a real Republican every time." Harry Truman

    by MargaretPOA on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 06:13:18 PM PDT

    •  Maybe. (0+ / 0-)

      But it's taking a GOP scare tactic (which will be telegraphed anyway) and using it against them by turning the spotlight on the hypocrisy typical of virtually all right-wing scare tactics: "We want you to be fearful, but we will obstruct any meaningful effort to ever actually resolve your fears."


      "God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by dzog on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 06:42:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This is bringing home exactly what impact (3+ / 0-)
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    dzog, hbk, PanoramaCityChick

    Tea Party votes to cut taxes for the 1% cost, and the very real dangers defunding government can have.  When, not if, a pandemic hits the US, the parlous state of our public healthcare system will become not only blistering clear; it will become deadly en masse for exactly the less educated, poorer folks who tend to vote for Republicans.  Ironically, Tea Party Republicans are doing the groundwork to kill off many of their voters.  Unfortunately, many innocents will die also.  (I do not consider those who vote for such stupid policies as Cotton advocates as innocent--ignorant yes, but innocent no.  Their ignorance and hatred of government and minorities and their votes for people who feel the same way they do will ultimately blowback on them.)  Kudos to Pryor for driving home exactly what is at stake.  Now if he would also run ads showing that the claims by Tea Partiers that tax cuts create jobs and pay for themselves are utterly false, voters would be able to really see how damaging Tea Partiers like Cotton are to their real interests.  Just refer to Brownback's nearby KS, for example.  Lots of folks in Arkansas would respond to a stark contrast between Brownback's cuts and their situation if the same policies (which Cotton advocates) were implemented in Arkansas.

    The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. Plato Love of money is the root of all evil. Jesus Conclusion: If money rules politics, it will be dominated by evil men lining their pockets, not yours.

    by monkeybrainpolitics on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 06:13:53 PM PDT

  •  It's a fair criticism, actually... (3+ / 0-)
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    dzog, Elwood Dowd, Possible Liberal

    If you vote against public health, you are voting for less preparedness in the face of epidemics. While it is unlikely Ebola will become a serious issue, drug resistant tuberculosis is a definite possibility for spread here. It's a bit overwroght, but seriously, we have been too timid in our criticisms of Tea Party Rethugs.

    We STILL need Everybody In, Nobody Out health care in the USA.

    by PanoramaCityChick on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 06:17:18 PM PDT

  •  Laugh if you like, but this is a well crafted ... (0+ / 0-)

    TV Commercial.

  •  AR-Sen: "Pandemic-promoting anti-security treason" (1+ / 0-)
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    "Pandemic-promoting anti-security treason"
    ...should be charged, early and often, against every
    •    anti-CDC,
    •    anti-ACA, and
    •    anti-sick-leave
    officeholder and candidate.
    The only aspect of Pryor's ad that is misleading is that:
    •    Bird-swine flu,
    •    SARS,
    •    other slower-developing communicable diseases, and
    •    newly engineered bio-agents created or stolen by terrorists
    ...have more pandemic potential than Ebola, which has (so far) tended to kill victims fast enough to limit its spread.
  •  ObamaCare: America's first line of defense against (1+ / 0-)
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    Teach a man to play Rugby and he'll never go hungry.

    by CaptainBlueSky on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 08:31:10 PM PDT

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